ERIC Number: ED379779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Toward a Coherent Curriculum. The 1995 ASCD Yearbook.
Beane, James A., Ed.
This book addresses issues relevant to the development of a coherent curriculum. A "coherent" curriculum is one whose parts are unified and connected by a sense of the whole. Following the foreword by Arthur W. Steller and the prologue by James A. Beane, the introduction (1) by James A. Beane raises a number of questions related to the search for coherence in the curriculum and identifies some possible features of a coherent curriculum. The second part, "The Search for Coherence," describes attempts to create coherence in the curriculum. It includes both theoretical perspectives and school stories about organization and assessment. Chapters include the following: (2) "The Educated Person" (Ernest L. Boyer); (3) "A Supradisciplinary Curriculum" (Marion Brady); (4) "It Must Have a Name: Coherence In and Through the English and Language Arts" (Stephen Tchudi); (5) "Attempting Curriculum Coherence in Project 2061" (Andrew Ahlgren and Sofia Kesidou); (6) "Interdisciplinary Curriculum--Again" (Joan M. Palmer); (7) "Creating Coherence Through Curriculum Integration" (P. Elizabeth Pate, Karen McGinnis, and Elaine Homestead); (8) "The Case for Culturally Coherent Curriculum" (Beverly E. Cross); (9) "Designing Schools and Curriculums for the 21st Century" (Willard M. Kniep and Giselle O. Martin-Kniep); (10) "Curricular Coherence and Assessment: Making Sure That the Effect Matches the Intent" (Grant Wiggins); and (11) "An Outcomes-Based Systems Perspective on Establishing Curricular Coherence" (Kathleen A. Fitzpatrick). Articles in Part 3, "Commentaries on the Search for Coherence in the Curriculum," include: (12) "Facing Reality" (Michael W. Apple); (13) "Notes on the Search for Coherence" (Maxine Greene); (14) "Toward Lives Worth Living and Sharing: Historical Perspective on Curriculum Coherence" (William H. Schubert); (15) "A Coherent Curriculum in an Incoherent Society? Pedagogical Perspectives on Curriculum Reform" (Gloria Ladson-Billings); and (16) "Conclusion: Toward a Coherent Curriculum" (James A. Beane). Information about the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is also included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Experimental Curriculum, Fused Curriculum, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Unified Studies Curriculum
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.